BENJAMIN THOMSEN

Years Fishing?
I am in fishing fever since 26 years, at the beginning I started spinning with my dad and my brother for fresh (pike and perch) and saltwater fish (garpike and sea bass). Since 6 years I am active in fly fishing and tying.

My passion?
My passion for nature and the respect to it is what I live in fly fishing. I prefer to hike through the valley, enjoy the landscape, feel the nature and spot the fish. But spend some time with my friends is worth everything to me.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I am in love with the Bavarian Prealps, the scenery and the people living there are phenomenal. When I go there I feel free, the water, the mountains and for sure the tasty beer. The rivers around the Chiemgau are definitely my favorite in Germany. Mostly I go there with dry fly for beautiful grayling and trout.

What’s the height of the season for you? – What time of year is your personal favourite?
For me the most wonderful time for fishing is in May. Springtime makes me feel happy, the nature comes to life again and hatch comes with it, the fish is rising and me in the middle of somewhere.

What are your favourite travel destinations?
At the moment my favorite destinations are by far Italy around Belluno with the beautiful big brown trouts and for sure-fire the Soca Valley. Particular in the Soca Valley I like the variety of the waters between nice little creeks, canyons and big rivers, the region offers all the heart could possibly desire.

What’s on the bucket list?
Hm, at the moment I really don’t know, I am really happy with the water in Germany, Austria and Slovenia. But for sure I wouldn’t say no to Canada, Swedish Lapland, Los Rogues or whatever.

What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
I prefer the perfect combination between lightness and strength, I think that’s the reason why I fell in love with the Avantt.

What’s your current go-to fly?
I am counting on filigree flies – a little bit of quill, some hackles, cdc on the top and the fly is ready to fish – Parachute and Klinkhammer cannot be missed in my Tackybox!